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expose gcov, gcc-ar, gcc-ranlib and others gcc tools in gcc-wrapper (fixes #86272) #88202

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sorokin commented May 19, 2020

Motivation for this change

This commit fixes #86272. For full description, see the original bug report. It can be summarized as: previously NixOS didn't provide any gcc tools (like gcov, gcc-ar, gcc-ranlib and others).

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I have tested this changes locally on a slightly outdated version (19.09) and now I cherry-picked them on top of master (there was a conflict). I haven't rebuilt master because compilation on my laptop takes days.

  • Tested using sandboxing (nix.useSandbox on NixOS, or option sandbox in nix.conf on non-NixOS linux)
  • Built on platform(s)
    • NixOS
    • macOS
    • other Linux distributions
  • Tested via one or more NixOS test(s) if existing and applicable for the change (look inside nixos/tests)
  • Tested compilation of all pkgs that depend on this change using nix-shell -p nixpkgs-review --run "nixpkgs-review wip"
  • Tested execution of all binary files (usually in ./result/bin/)
  • Determined the impact on package closure size (by running nix path-info -S before and after)
  • Ensured that relevant documentation is up to date
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Ericson2314 commented May 20, 2020

Check out what the bintools wrapper does, which puts the unwrapped stuff on the PATH but with lower priority.

I don't know whether that's any better/worse than this, but it would be nice if they both worked consistently, whatever way we choose.

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sorokin commented May 20, 2020

Thank you. I didn't know that there was a similar issue in binutils and it was already solved. I like the solution with priorities more than symlinking, because it doesn't require enumerating all the programs. In theory it may work properly even if new commands are added/removed.

Looks like what is needed is:

  1. Whenever gcc wrapper is installed, install also unwrapped gcc. After quick searching I see this can be done by using nix-support/propagated-user-env-packages.
  2. Somehow assign priorities (meta.priority) so wrapped gcc has higher priority then unwrapped.

I'm afraid I don't quite understand how these priorities work for bintuils. In pkgs/development/tools/misc/binutils/default.nix I see this line:

    /* Give binutils a lower priority than gcc-wrapper to prevent a
       collision due to the ld/as wrappers/symlinks in the latter. */
    priority = 10;

Ok, 10 is priority for unwrapped binutils. But then in pkgs/build-support/bintools-wrapper/default.nix (as I understand wrapper for bintuils) we have this:

  meta =
    let bintools_ = if bintools != null then bintools else {}; in
    (if bintools_ ? meta then removeAttrs bintools.meta ["priority"] else {}) //
    { description =
        stdenv.lib.attrByPath ["meta" "description"] "System binary utilities" bintools_
        + " (wrapper script)";
      priority = 10;
  } // optionalAttrs useMacosReexportHack {
    platforms = stdenv.lib.platforms.darwin;

So the priority is set to 10 too. I think I don't quite understand how wrapped bintutils get higher priority than unwrapped.

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Ericson2314 commented May 20, 2020

Oh, I thought this was about during builds too, but I see with (and a corresponding line in bintools-wrapper) that's already fixed. Then for consistency we with those we should definitely do it the extra-dep (not extra wrapper) way.

I can't say I understand that thing in the meta either, but maybe just try it? If it works for one it should work for the other, right?

@FRidh FRidh added this to WIP in Staging via automation Jul 2, 2020
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